It’s Now Easier To Track Emergencies On Your Mobile Device In Harris County

The people who handle natural and man-made disasters in Harris County have overhauled their website to make it work better with phones and tablets.


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The website was designed to respond to different screen sizes, whether it be mobile, tablet or desktop.

In the four years it’s been around, has been designed more for people using traditional desk or laptop computers. 

Francisco Sanchez with the county’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management says before the makeover of, the most important information wasn’t that easy to find or read on a phone or tablet. 

The website now instantly recognizes whatever device people are using to tell them what they need to know. 

“They can get a website that puts the important information on the top: traffic, weather, school closures, power outages. We can also get information about Harris County alerts, what’s happening, and how to stay safe. So it’s just a big step in making sure the information is user-friendly and easy to see,” Sanchez said. 

The next step is to develop an app, so if the website goes down, there will be another way to deliver information and emergency alerts. Sanchez predicts that app should be ready by fall.


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